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Plum and Black Grape Hand Pies

Plum and Grape Hand Pies

Grapes are in season during the fall, but don’t get used as much in baking as some other end of summer and fall fruits. Grapes can actually be a fantastic fruit to bake with because they have a lot of natural sugar, so they become very tender and especially sweet when they are cooked. In these Plum and Black Grape Hand Pies, I combined fresh ... Read More »

Witch Finger Grapes

Witch Finger Grapes

It’s not unusual to see heirloom produce these days at both farmers markets and mainstream grocery stores. Tomatoes, carrots and potatoes – just to name a few – come in all shapes and sizes, and are available in a rainbow of colors. Fruit is a little bit different, however, because even when we buy specialty apples or plums (to pick just two) for their flavor, ... Read More »

Wine Blending with Kendall Jackson

Wine Blending with Kendall JAckson

Wine is a drink made from fermented grapes that has been popular for centuries. It is only in the recent past, perhaps the last several decades, where wine has gone from an ok-tasting (and sometimes quite bad) alcoholic beverage to something of an art form. A great bottle of wine, much like a great olive oil, has lots of complex flavors and goes down smoothly ... Read More »

Roasted Grape Galette

Grape Galette

Grapes are a fruit that most of us simply eat straight out of the bowl, or wait until they turn into raisins and use them in baking. But there is another good use for grapes. They can easily be roasted and become even sweeter and more tender after a short time in the oven. Roasted grapes are delicious on their own or on top of ... Read More »

Olive Oil, Grape and Polenta Cake

Olive Oil, Grape and Polenta Cake

Grapes aren’t much of a baking fruit. The can be cooked, and are actually delicious when roasted, but they don’t show up in pies, muffins or cakes with any kind of real regularity. I’ve baked them into loaves of bread before with great success, and decided to create a cake that would work well with them.This cake is definitely Italian-inspired. Not only does it include ... Read More »

Homemade Raisins

Raisins in progress

There are two things that you should definitely try during the summer, when temperatures are high and you don’t really feel like cooking: baking cookies in your car and making homemade raisins. The former requires an 100F-or hotter day to work well. The latter simply requires a very warm sunny day, fresh grapes and patience. Homemade raisins are easy to make and the finished product ... Read More »

Grape and Raisin Bread

grape and raisin loaf

Of all the fruits out there, grapes must be one of the most under-utilized when it comes to baking. I’ve probably seen only a handful of grape pies and tarts, and things like grape breads and grape cookies are far less common. Perhaps the reason for this is that raisins are an incredibly popular ingredient for baking, and unlike fresh fruits, will conveniently keep for a ... Read More »

Roasted Grapes

Roasted Grapes

Still reeling from my success with gelatin in the last IMBB, I tried my had at another gelatin dessert. I found Cardamom Yogurt Pudding on Epicurious. It looked so simple that I had to try it. As always, I read the reviews first. The feedback from other cooks is usually very helpful. I noted that several of them mentioned that they had to increase the ... Read More »

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